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Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Reducing Holiday Waste

By Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability It is estimated that an extra 100 million tons of waste is generated nationwide each week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. So how can we make consuming/giving less wasteful? Rethink Your Wrapping: Use gift wrap made from recycled content (100 percent if possible). Use paper gift wrap that […]

Shut Down this Winter Break for a Chance to Win $75

It’s almost time for one of our best Total Rewards benefits of the year — Winter Break, which will take place from Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016. Please help the College continue with its energy savings program by “shutting down” over the break. So far, we’ve saved $4.5 million! And by participating, […]

December 2015 Energy Saving Tip: Seven Energy Efficient...

Vacations are a time when you can relax a bit, forget about the little stresses of life and spend some quality time with your family. However, people are often in such a hurry to pack and get out of town, they forget to prepare their home so that their electricity usage goes down while they […]

Thanksgiving Shutdown: Power Off on the Way Out

A message from Patti Riva, Operations Manager, Energy Education Valencia College Thanksgiving Holiday Energy Shutdown November 25 to 29, 2015 Valencia College will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 25 – Sunday, November 29, 2015. Your collective efforts help the College continue to capture additional energy savings — and you’re doing it by: […]

Take the Pledge to Increase Recycling

Did you know that the current recycling rate is only 34.5 percent? Although the national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years, we must increase our commitment to recycle more to help conserve natural resources, reduce waste and inspire others to recycle more. America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America […]

November 2015 Energy Saving Tip: Ensure Holiday Safety...

Celebrate the holidays with safety and savings in mind. Don’t let “holidangers” like overloaded power strips and frayed holiday light cords ruin your holidays. Watch this quick video from OUC, “The Holidangers Safety Guide” for a safe and happy holiday season. Or, click here for 14 Ways to Decorate Safely, Stay Warm & Cook Wisely.

Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Electronics Recycling

By Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability Electronics are a vital part of everyone’s life, from cell phones to computers and iPads. Many people use these items every day, but where do they go when you are done using them? Electronics are made out of metals and other potentially hazardous materials that may be harmful to […]

October 2015 Energy Saving Tip: Insulate Your Attic,...

Now that it’s officially fall, it’s a great time of the year to consider attic insulation. In addition to the actual insulation, sealing air leaks around windows and doors is most important. Doing so will save money on your utility bills this winter. Learn more on the Energy Star website.

Winter Park Campus Bike Share Hub is a First for...

The Winter Park Campus is delighted to announce sponsorship of a new Orlando Bike Share hub. This bike rental program allows users to pick up and drop off bikes at multiple hubs in the Orlando area. The idea to have a campus hub came from Winter Park Faculty Senate President and Professor of Humanities Valerie […]

Power Down this Labor Day Weekend to Continue Our Energy ...

By Patti Riva, Operations Manager, Energy Education Here’s to the start of a great academic year, while continuing to seek your support for the College’s energy savings program. Our savings to date of $4.2 million since May 2011 are because of OUR collective efforts. A special word of thanks to each of you who faithfully respond […]